UPDATE: Prosecuters Seek 10 Years For Mother Who Killed Three Babies

June 18, 2009

France (ChattahBox) – The world is watching as a jury deliberates on the fate of Veronique Courjault, who is charged with the infanticide of her three baby sons.

Courjault, who is already the mother of a 12 and 14-year-old sons, admitted to hiding three separate pregnancies between 1999 and 2003, giving birth in secret, suffocating the children, and hiding the last two in a freezer in her home in South Korea.

It was her husband who found the bodies of the baby boys after going down into the basement to put a few items into the freezer.

“Suddenly, I saw a hand. The baby’s body was wrapped in a towel, in a bag. I didn’t understand a thing,” Jean-Louis Courjault was quoted as telling French courts in RAW.

He has stood behind his wife through the trial, believing that she is in desperate need of mental health services, and that it was some form of psychological illness that caused her to commit these murders.

Doctor’s partially agree with this assessment, stating that while she had an extreme form of ‘pregnancy denial’, she was competent enough to actively hide three pregnancies from her friends, family, and neighbors, and then hide the bodies of the infants, keeping the history of the crimes under wraps for years.

But the prosecution, who were once seeking life in prison for the French woman, are not seeking ten years, a concession to the fact that Courjault was likely mentally disturbed at the time of each pregnancy and murder, and that it was a partial reason for the killings.

The jury is set to announce their decision later this evening.

Update: Mrs. Courjault has been sentenced to eight years in prison, a mixed result between those who believe she should have received life in prison, and those who believe she should have gotten psychiatric help in a hospital setting, rather than sent to prison.

Writer Marie-Pierre Courtellemont, who wrote a book on the case, was quoted in the New York Times about the case, saying:

“She went from being seen as a monster to being seen as a victim of her own self. It helped that the public could relate. Infanticides were usually associated with poor backgrounds and teen pregnancy. But there you had a middle-class, bourgeois family, educated people. It made people think, ‘This could be me.’ ”


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